Stephen Witmer was the valedictorian of his class, a National Merit Scholar, and the president of both the FA chorus and the National Honor Society. He graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College (IL) in 1998 and was the recipient of the Wheaton College President’s Scholarship. He also graduated summa cum laude from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity, Master of Theology) in 2003 and earned a doctorate in New Testament Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2007.
Stephen is currently the pastor of Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Pepperell, MA and an adjunct professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. After earning his Ph.D., Stephen lectured for a year at the University of Cambridge and has given talks in the United States and internationally, to students at Harvard University and the University of Manchester (UK), among other places. His academic monograph Divine Instruction in Early Christianity was published in 2008, and he has written a popular study guide called Jonah: The Depths of Grace (2011) and many articles in both academic and popular journals. He is a Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology, a Fellow of the Cambridge Overseas Trust, a member of the editorial board for the journal Themelios, and an ordained minister with the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference.
How did your time at FA contribute to your success later in life?
“Foxcroft Academy provided a wonderful education and a great launching point for my future endeavors. I am grateful for FA’s academic excellence–the true treasure of FA is its outstanding faculty. But I’m also thankful for the friendships I enjoyed with classmates and the many experiences I had outside the classroom. I think especially of participating in band and chorus, and in the annual musicals (Guys and Dolls and A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum). It’s an honor to be included in the inaugural class of the Foxcroft Academy Hall of Fame.”